John Danks serves up a home run pitch to Joaquin Arias during the first inning.
SUN-TIMES PHOTO BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox left-hander John Danks threw 35 pitches in his first outing since last May, going two-plus innings against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
Danks retired six of the eight batters he faced, throwing 27 of the 35 pitches for strikes. Joaquin Arias, the second batter he faced, homered to left before Danks retired the next five Giants. After Kensuke Tanaka singled leading off the third, manager Robin Ventura took the ball and Danks' day was over.
Danks touched 89 mph with his fastball and gave up one run on one hit and no walks. He did not strike out a batter.
Danks last pitched in a game when he faced the Cubs on May 19. He had surgery on his left shoulder in August.
"All good,'' Danks said afterward. "It's one of those that I'm glad it's over. Glad to get the first one out of the way. I couldn't have really asked for more. I don't want to give up homers. My main focus was throwing strikes and I was able to do that.''
The most important thing for Danks coming out of it was how he felt and he came away with no issues.
"I feel good right now,'' he said. "The test will be tomorrow and the next day. So far so good. You know, I mean as I was going back out there for the second and third innings, I didn't feel like I was losing anything. If anything it was starting to come to me a little bit.
"It's all good. It has been a positive day.''
Danks said he couldn't wait to get on the mound.
"I tell you what, the clock stopped at 11,'' Danks said, alluding to the 1 p.m. start. "I felt like I kept looking at the clock, waiting for the game to start. But you know I was glad to get back out there. Once I got on the field and started warming up, it felt a little more in my comfort zone.''